Bosses at Airedale Hospital approve £6.3 investment in new emergency department (From Craven Herald)
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Bosses at Airedale Hospital approve £6.3 investment in new emergency department
7:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
Airedale Hospital managers have approved an investment of £6.3 million to develop a new emergency department.
The go-head was given by the board at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.
The building schedule has been finalised and work is now taking place to transform the hospital’s former endoscopy unit into a temporary emergency department.
During this month, emergency staff and equipment will move into the temporary area and building work will start towards the end of the year after the current department has been demolished. The work is expected to take between 10 and 12 months.
Dr Meg Crossley, consultant in emergency medicine at Airedale and clinical lead for the project, said: “This is great news for both staff and patients as it means that we will have an emergency department that is fit for the future.”
Airedale Hospital’s emergency department currently deals with more than 55,000 patients every year.
The new unit will have separate adult and children’s waiting areas, a quiet room for friends and families, a separate screened entrance for ambulances, treatment rooms fitted with appropriate technology and a central staff hub.
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